The Ashmolean Museum

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Weddings, Receptions and Celebrations at the Ashmolean Museum

The Ashmolean Museum – a wedding venue like no other

Set amongst the cityscape of Oxford’s dreaming spires, the Ashmolean is a magnificent venue for your wedding, civil partnership or celebration. Founded in 1683 the Ashmolean is the oldest public Museum in the world. Displaying half a million years of art and history, the spaces provide a stunning backdrop for a very special occasion. All our galleries are licenced which means we can offer intimate ceremonies through to impressive evening receptions, dinners and dances combined with outstanding hospitality and entertainment. The Ashmolean has been telling stories since 1683 and we want you to add yours. We understand that every wedding is different which is why our expert team are on hand to tailor your day.

An experienced team supported by an exclusive catering partner and handpicked suppliers will bring your dream celebration to life. Whether you decide to make a grand entrance, exchange vows in the presence of loved ones, dine like royalty or party the night away, the Ashmolean offers the most magnificent backdrop to your occasion.

The Ashmolean’s majestic forecourt and classical façade create an entrance to remember. Inside, the grand staircase and its stunning gilded chandelier lead your guests into the Italian Renaissance and European Art Galleries for the ceremony or drinks reception. Reminiscent of an English country house, these galleries are filled with Old Master paintings and bronze sculpture. The couple has access to their own private entrance. Celebrate the occasion in the contemporary Atrium; its soaring staircase creates a dramatic stage for speeches, dine amongst Greek and Roman statues before dancing until late or relaxing in the Museum’s vaulted Café.

Clerkenwell Green Events is the Ashmolean’s exclusive catering partner. Created with passion, their food is sustainably sourced, showcasing the best seasonal produce, beautifully designed and provides an extraordinary culinary experience to inspire you and your guests. Whether it is a tasting session, specially curated menus to suit all dietary needs, clever wine pairings, creative menu and table design – no detail is too small to consider on your perfect day.

We pride ourselves in making sure you and your guests have an unforgettable time creating memories that last a lifetime. We understand that planning the perfect day needs an expert hand which is why we offer a dedicated wedding planner who will support you every step of the way and be there on the day to ensure everything goes to plan.

The Ashmolean houses half a million years of art and history, which means our galleries, create a wealth of opportunities for photography. We offer engagement shoots or pre-event photography sessions. We can offer expert guides and access to special exhibitions should you wish to add something different for your guests on the day or for the duration of your wedding festivities. Over the years, we have developed a network of handpicked and trusted suppliers who feel the same way as we do about weddings. We work with outstanding florists, photographers, lighting, music and entertainment creatives and professionals who understand your ideas and our spaces who will make your occasion even more special.

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